Care Packages Sent to Soldiers Overseas

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - The VA Hospital in Big Spring is trying to bring a little piece of home to the soldiers overseas, they're sending care packages to show they care.

Operation Soldier Holiday was started last Christmas and now that the 4th of July is just around the corner, the VA Hospital is sending out more care packages.

"I feel relieved I don't always have enough money to send a package to my husband," Natalie Bose, who's husband is deployed overseas, said. "In my case, I have 3 kids, I need other support. Sometimes I don't have the money to send out to him but when I do, I send him a card or pictures,"  Bose said.

For Natalie and other families in West Texas, it's not that easy sending stuff overseas. That's why these care packages will hopefully brighten the day of many West Texas soldiers.

"A lot of people say the little things that matter. Care packages like the ones today are a perfect example. Nothing better than opening a box and finding chocolate cookies," Mike Falvo from the Air Force, said.

The VA Hospital collected toiletry items, snacks, and anything soldiers might not be able to get overseas. The employees donated enough stuff to fill up 300 boxes.

"We're glad to be able to help out and we hope they enjoy what we send them. We are looking forward to our next delivery around Christmas time," VA Hospital Director, Daniel Marsh, said.

As for Natalie and other families in West Texas, this gift to their soldiers really means a lot.

"Sometimes it also helps out knowing that someone else also cares about the soldier's overseas," Bose said.

The care packages will be flying out of the Dyess Air Force base in Abilene on Wednesday. The soldiers should receive the gifts by the 4th of July celebration.